Marcia Conner

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Companies Ruin Work. Adam Explains Why.

Think you know how (and why) work works? Unlikely, you'll understand, when you take a quick closeup of the myths that plague modern employment and how to set them right for good.

Companies Ruin Work. Adam Explains Why.

More or Less

Day after day, year after year, I’ve strived to always do more. In school when I was assigned a paper on an “ism” I wrote it on “Moreism.” My first book was titled, Learn More Now. I’ve not aspired for more goods, rather more experiences. As to why, I have more...

theories than time. My life was complicated by running forward without recognizing I’d tangled my path. When starting something new I rarely asked myself, “What will I take off of my schedule?” I’d never aggregated my actions: looking at all I was doing, observing my patterns, let alone considering my bounds. Then something changed. No single event gets credit,... [read more]

More or Less

Get Some Sleep!

Our lack of sleep deprives us of the capacity to excel. There was a time I chose to sleep only a few hours a night. I commuted between continents for months and then from the East Coast to West Coast each week for years. Habits included late night reading, early morning email, and thirty...

years without a nap. I believed I could achieve higher productivity by simply sleeping less. Now I chase after sleep like fireflies: enthusiastically but with little sparkle the next day. I have a young son and a husband with restless legs. I also have a new company about to launch and another fall season on the road... [read more]

Get Some Sleep!

Girls Gone Engineering

Perhaps the reason only 7% of engineers are women is because rather than persevering, we interpret early failures to mean we need to change our interests to increase the likelihood we'll succeed. A new book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, can offer girls another way.

Girls Gone Engineering

Are You A People Person?

“Are you a people person?” “If you were an animal, which would you be?” Have you heard these dumb dumb questions asked on the road to hiring smart people? How often do we use stereotypes and silly interview questions to screen candidates and hire talent? The answer, unfortunately, is too often....

This fantastic IBM TV commercial is hilarious, sad, and inspiring on what we might be able to do better in the future. Jonathan Ferrar offers the perfect voice-over.

Are You A People Person?

Freestyle Learning

In 2009, Coca Cola set out to refresh the way soda was dispensed at restaurants such as McDonalds and Moe’s. It aimed to put choice in customers’ hands. It intended to empower its customer with the act of artistry. Designed with the automaker Ferrari, Coca Cola introduced Freestyle; a sleek new...

approach to do more than serve soda. Freestyle is a drink machine that can mix over 100 different kinds of Coca Cola products including soda pop, power drinks, and flavored waters. In a modern twist on the 1950s soda-shop float, Freestyle brings choice and collaboration to customers’ fingertips. Strangers and groups of diners alike, standing in front of this... [read more]

Freestyle Learning

Develop a Culture for Tomorrow

I just re-read something Garry Ridge, CEO of the WD-40 Company, wrote for my book Creating a Learning Culture. As a leader, I have always intuitively understood that it’s not my job to make people comfortable. And I don’t like being entirely comfortable myself, because that means I’m not moving forward....

Several years ago at a gathering of the International Mass Retailers Association, I met Don Soderquist, who was at that time vice chairman at Wal-Mart. My take-away from his presentation was this: “You have to separate those responsible for today from those responsible for tomorrow.” A light went off in my head as I realized the implications for WD-40... [read more].

Develop a Culture for Tomorrow

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